India regrets criticism by UN Human Rights body on Rohingya issue

A day after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights criticised the Indian government’s plan to deport Rohingya refugees, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN on Tuesday stated that enforcing laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion and expressed regret that the UN body had overlooked the central role of terrorism. Akbaruddin also insisted that India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges. 

Assessments of human rights should not be a matter of political convenience. Akbaruddin was quoted as saying by a news agency that we believe achieving human rights goals calls for objective consideration, balanced judgements, and verification of facts. 

Addressing UN Human Rights Council’s 36th session in Geneva yesterday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein had flayed any attempts by India to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar when the ethnic minority community is facing violence in their country. He said that India cannot carry out collective expulsions and return people to a place where they face persecution.